Another Loss, Another Rosario Pass Ball

Not sure what was more annoying, watching another ball get past Wilin Rosario that allowed a run, or the constant chanting by the drunk Giant’s fans. “DEEEEXXXXXTER” “FOOWWWWWWWLLLER”.

At least the drunk fan chant didn’t cost the Rockies the game. Then again, it might have contributed to the mental makeup and meltdown of the at-bats.  How else can you explain the Rockies only plating one run on four hits?  It isn’t that they don’t know how to hit in a pitcher park, last night proved that.  It isn’t the amazing work by Madison Bumgarner, although he was sufficient with his one run on four hits and six strike-outs over six innings.  But he still gave the Rockies a chance with his six walks.  The Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

So, it must have been the chanting.  Or the pass ball.

Then again, watching CarGo continue his lack of hitting was pretty annoying as well. CarGo wasn’t in the game until the pinch-hit appearance in the ninth. Predictably, he hit a practice grounder to shortstop Brandon Crawford.  Perhaps as bad as that was the predictable Giambi appearance in the ninth with two-outs and nobody on.  You gotta love the guy for going out and giving it his all, but when he has had only SEVEN at-bats since going on the DL July 20th, you can for sure understand why he isn’t in any sort of hitting rhythm.  He is hitting .143 in those seven at-bats with zero home runs and zero RBI’s.

So, Giambi makes the final out.  The Giants shake hands, and the only thing for the Rockies fan to really look forward to is the announcement that THE DeaLeR will be back in business!

Jorge De La Rosa will start for the Rockies Thursday night against the Giants.  De La Rosa hasn’t pitched since he went on the DL for Tommy John’s back on May 24th, 2011.  Alex White will be moved to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for De La Rosa.

But the return of The DLR won’t be enough if the boy’s can’t bring the bats.  Tonight Chacin was fantastic over five innings, giving up only one earned on five hits.  Moscoso, Escalona and Outman combined to put in the other three innings, only issuing one run on a combined four hits.

So pitching wasn’t the problem tonight and hitting wasn’t the problem last night.  Perhaps tomorrow will come down to fielding?  Oh wait, that is every night Rosario is in the lineup.

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Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Sorry, I can’t remember which poster it was that recalled his own past problems with passed balls. His post mentioned about his problem being a mechanical one in which his arms were on the outside of his legs for his starting point. Because of that post I closely watched the replay of the Rosario passed ball last night. He started with his arms inside his legs but as he reached down to catch the ball backhanded, he brought his left… Read more »

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Someone else also made the observation that he seems afraid behind the plate. Replays show him flinching on swings, balls in the dirt, etc.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Marco Scutaro:
.271 / .324 / .361 in 2012 as a Rockie (in a hitter’s park)
.349 / .367 / .451 as a Giant (in a pitcher’s park).

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

DEEEEXXXXXTER FOOWWWWWWWLLLER:
.305 / .392 / .485

Eat your heart out, stupid Giants fans.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Charlie Culberson:
.336 / .344 / .488 (AAA Colorado Springs)

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Jaredean, I mentioned the same thing two or three weeks ago and I think others have brought it up before. One of the reasons the pitching has been so bad is that pitchers have that fear factor. If they throw that nasty slider down in the dirt Rosario won’t stop it. Not only the passed balls but plenty of the wild pitches thrown this year would have been stopped by adequate catching. That’s certainly not the only reason for the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, I find it hard to believe Rosario got promoted if he was this brutal at blocking balls in the minors. Is this a new mental block? Those of you who watched him at Tulsa — was the passed ball problem evident there?

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

84 mph “fastballs” from Francis tonight, so it’ll get ugly fast …

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

What worries me about Rosario is that he doesn’t seem to have improved during the season.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I guess Tracy didn’t get the message. The 75 pitch limit is history. The last two nights Chacin and Francis were pulled after just over 75 pitches. And the piggy back pitcher has immediately let in a run.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

now it’s Giambi time: double play!!!!! I’m glad. You know why? BECA– USE HE WANTS TO PLAY NEXT YEAR AND WE HAVE TO STOP O’DOWD FROM BRINGING HIM BACK AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS FOR HIM TO FAIL MISERABLY AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY EVEN IF IT CA– USES MY HEAD TO EXPLODE!!!!

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Easy big fella.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I’d be shocked if there was worse player in the MLB this year than Giambi.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Passed Ball! Can we go for the Rockies Trifecta?

1. Giambi pinch hit double play.
2. Rosario passed ball.
3. Swingman walks in a run?

It’s up to you, Josh Roenicke. Don’t send them home disappointed!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Close. Lol, sob.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Another wild pitch which should have been stopped by Rosario. By the way I made a mistake and called the middle relievers “piggy backs” instead of the Rockies double speak term of hybrids. Thats like the NFL and everybody who writes, reports, televises or talks about the exhibition games have to call them “pre-season ” games.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Unfortunately, I think I’ve seen enough of Blackmon. Stick him in a deal as filler.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Off topic, do you guys remember when Tulo was once considered a top future player? I think I can list about 6-10 younger players that have already passed him by.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yeah, we forget how good Tulo is. As for other guys passing him by, this was the draft order in 2005: Justin Upton Alex Gordon Jeff Clement Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Braun Ricky Romero Tulo Wade Townsend Mike Pelfrey Cameron Maybin Andrew McCutchen Jay Bruce …. [bunch of guys who didn’t do much, followed by Jacoby Ellsbury at 23] Quite a draft. Some (Tulo, Zimmerman) started faster and have had injury problems, others (McCutchen) were young and took longer to break… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Forgive me if I misjudge their age vs Tulo but here’s a Incomplete list of younger guys I’d take over Tulo. Trout trumbo longoria mccutchin Harper freeman Posey

Why is Harris pitching late in close games?

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

That’s why Rosario is playing. But he can hit homers playing first.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Bill, watching Rosario’s horrible “catching” skills (hat tip to Jeem) combined with his for-real power, I’m starting to come around to your idea that his future may be at another position. I mean, right now you could make a case for flip-flopping positions with Pacheco.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Seriously does Rosario’s offense make up for his defense. Mike Piazza was always panned for his inability to throw out base runners. But he was a good handler of pitchers and could catch the ball. And of course hit the ball a mile

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Tough one. With Piazza it was easier to assess — as you say his problem was with controlling the running game. I don’t really know how much weight to give the passed ball thing (particularly since some wild pitches should count against Rosario too), so it’s difficult to say what he’d have to hit to offset that and still be a plus catcher.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I think that if Tulo has been “passed by”, it’s the out of sight out of mind theory. He hasn’t played in 3 1/2 months. When he is healthy (and I know that’s a big if) he’s, at least in my mind, the best SS in baseball. Of the guys on Ag’s draft list the only guy who may have “passed him” is Braun and he’s not the defensive player that Tulo is (although he’s much better in LF than… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Rutledge has looked a little rough at SS to me, but the defensive metrics positively hate him: -23 runs per 150 games at SS so far. Clearly his future is at 2B regardless of what happens with Tulo. Why he’s not playing there now to learn the position is a mystery to me.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Will Tulo be back? There are some insiders on here. Care to comment? I think he will be back … but for how long? How serious is his injury really?

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Jim Tracy gets out managed again. Maybe Cargo hits into a DP just like Giambi. But you had one chance to tie the game with your best hitter and you put in a 102 year old man who has had one or two big hits all year and none in the past 3 or 4 months. Good job MFL.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Manboobs and squirrel nuts are Jim Tracy’s thing.

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